Top 10 Fastest Tennis Serves

This article will look at the top 10 fastest tennis serves of all time that is recognized by the ATP or the WTA Tours.

I will also look at the fastest serves in tennis that were hit by some of the top tennis players such as Roger Federer, Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal, and Serena Williams.

The speed of tennis serves has increased dramatically over the decades as racket technologies have improved, therefore it is no surprise that the vast majority of the fastest serves for ATP and WTA tennis players occurred after the year 2000.

Top 10 Fastest Tennis Serves

Top 10 Fastest Tennis Serves in Men’s Tennis

Below is a list of the Top 10 Tennis Serves ever recorded on the ATP Tour with four out of the ten players coming from the USA as they have a long tradition of producing players with fast serves e.g Andy Roddick, John Isner, and Pete Sampras.

Out of the top 10 servers below, only two have won grand slam titles (Andy Roddick and Juan Martin Del Potro), which shows that tennis is no longer a game dominated by big servers as it was in the 1990s.

You may also be surprised that top players like Roger Federer, Novak Djokovic, and Rafael Nadal who have between them 63 grand slam singles titles, are not in the top 10 serves list.

Roger Federer comes closest with a fastest recorded serve of 230.1 km/h (143.0 mph) that was recorded at the 2010 Gerry Weber Open in Halle, Germany.

Top 10 Fastest Men’s Serves Ever Recorded and Recognised by the ATP

The big serving American John Isner currently holds the record for the fastest recorded men’s serve that is recognized by the ATP with a 253km/h (157.2mph) serve he hit during a Davis Cup match against Australia in 2006.

Alejandro Davidovich Fokina hit the fastest serve in 2022 with a 252km/h (156.6mph) serve at the Rome Open.

RankPlayer NameNationalityEventYearServe Speed Km/hServe Speed mph
1John IsnerAmericanDavis Cup2006253.0157.2
2Alejandro Davidovich FokinaSpanishRome Open2022252.0156.6
3Ivo KarlovićCroatianDavis Cup2011251.0156.0
T4Andy RoddickAmericanDavis Cup2004249.4155.0
T4Milos RaonicCanadianSAP Open2012249.4155.0
T6Ryan HarrisonAmericanWestern & Southern Open2013244.6152.0
T6Feliciano LopezSpanishAegon Championships2014244.6152.0
8Marius CopilRomanianEuropean Open2016244.0151.6
9Hubert HurkaczPolishDavis Cup2016243.0151.0
10Taylor DentAmericanABN AMRO World Tennis Tournament2006241.0149.8

Fastest Tennis Serves in Men’s Tennis (Top 50)

The Australian Sam Groth (263.0 km/h (163.4 mph)) and Frenchman Albano Olivetti (257.5 km/h (160.0 mph)) both hit serves faster than John Isner but these serves are not recognized by the ATP.

  1. Sam Groth – 263.0 km/h (163.4 mph)
  2. Albano Olivetti – 257.5 km/h (160.0 mph)
  3. John Isner – 253.0 km/h (157.2 mph)
  4. Alejandro Davidovich Fokina – 252.0 km/h (156.6 mph)
  5. Ivo Karlović – 251.0 km/h (156.0 mph)
  6. Jerzy Janowicz – 251.0 km/h (156.0 mph)
  7. Milos Raonic – 249.9 km/h (155.3 mph)
  8. Andy Roddick – 249.4 km/h (155.0 mph)
  9. Chris Guccione – 248.0 km/h (154.1 mph)
  10. Joachim Johansson – 244.6 km/h (152.0 mph)
  11. Ryan Harrison – 244.6 km/h (152.0 mph)
  12. Feliciano López – 244.6 km/h (152.0 mph)
  13. Marius Copil – 244.0 km/h (151.6 mph)
  14. Oscar Otte – 243.0 km/h (151.0 mph)
  15. Taylor Dent – 241.0 km/h (149.8 mph)
  16. Juan Martín del Potro – 240.0 km/h (149.1 mph)
  17. Greg Rusedski – 239.8 km/h (149.0 mph)
  18. Dmitry Tursunov – 237.0 km/h (147.3 mph)
  19. Jo-Wilfried Tsonga – 237.0 km/h (147.3 mph)
  20. Reilly Opelka – 237.0 km/h (147.3 mph)
  21. Spain Bernabé Zapata Miralles – 237.0 km/h (147.3 mph)
  22. Taylor Fritz – 236.6 km/h (147.0 mph)
  23. Fernando González – 236.0 km/h (146.6 mph)
  24. Alexander Zverev – 235.0 km/h (146.0 mph)
  25.  Gaël Monfils – 235.0 km/h (146.0 mph)
  26. Dusan Vemic – 235.0 km/h (146.0 mph)
  27. Marin Cilic – 235.0 km/h (146.0 mph)
  28. Matteo Berrettini – 235.0 km/h (146.0 mph)
  29. Ivan Ljubicic – 234.0 km/h (145.4 mph)
  30. Ricardas Berankis – 234.0 km/h (145.4 mph)
  31. Stan Wawrinka – 234.0 km/h (145.4 mph)
  32. Andy Murray – 233.4 km/h (145.0 mph)
  33. Grigor Dimitrov – 233.4 km/h (145.0 mph)
  34. Viktor Troicki – 233.4 km/h (145.0 mph)
  35. Nicolás Jarry – 233.0 km/h (144.8 mph)
  36. Nicolas Massu – 232.4 km/h (144.4 mph)
  37. Fernando Verdasco – 232.0 km/h (144.2 mph)
  38. Dominic Thiem – 232.0 km/h (144.2 mph)
  39. Mardy Fish – 231.7 km/h (144.0 mph)
  40. Stefanos Tsitsipas – 231.0 km/h (143.5 mph)
  41. Robin Soderling – 230.1 km/h (143.0 mph)
  42. Jiri Vesely – 230.1 km/h (143.0 mph)
  43. Nikoloz Basilashvili – 230.1 km/h (143.0 mph)
  44. Nick Kyrgios – 230.1 km/h (143.0 mph)
  45. Alexander Bublik – 230.1 km/h (143.0 mph)
  46. Roger Federer – 230.0 km/h (142.9 mph)
  47. Nicolas Almagro – 230.0 km/h (142.9 mph)
  48. Rafael Nadal – 230.0 km/h (142.9 mph)
  49. Laslo Djere – 230.0 km/h (142.9 mph)
  50. Mats Rosenkranz – 230.0 km/h (142.9 mph)

Top 10 Fastest Tennis Serves in Women’s Tennis

Although the average serve speed on the WTA tour is slower than on the ATP tour, there are still plenty of female players that serve as fast if not faster than many male players on the ATP Tour.

The list below details the top 10 fastest women’s tennis serves ever recorded on the WTA Tour and similar to the men, the vast majority of serves were recorded post the year 2000.

Top 10 Fastest Women’s Serves Ever Recorded and Recognised by the WTA

Sabine Lisicki currently holds the record for the Fastest Women’s Serve Ever Recorded that is recognized by the WTA Tour after hitting a 210.8km/h (131mph) serve at the Stanford Classic in 2014.

Coco Gauff recorded the sixth fastest serve when she hit a 206.0km/h (128mph) at the 2022 US Open.

RankPlayer NameNationalityEventYearServe Speed Km/hServe Speed mph
1Sabine LisickiGermanStanford Classic2014210.8131.0
T2Venus Williams AmericanUS Open2007207.6129.0
T2Alycia ParksAmericanUS Open2021207.6129.0
T2Ajla TomljanovicAustralianCincinnati Open2018207.6129.0
5Serena WilliamsAmericanAustralian Open2013207.0128.6
6Coco GauffAmericanUS Open2022206.0128.0
7Julia GorgesGermanFrench Open2012203.0126.1
8Brenda Schultz-McCarthyDutchIndian Wells Masters2007202.7126.0
9Nadiya KichenokUkrainian Australian Open2014202.0125.5
T10Lucie HradeckáCzechWimbledon2015201.2125.0
T10Naomi OsakaJapaneseUS Open2016201.2125.0

Fastest Tennis Serves in Women’s Tennis

Georgina García Pérez (220 km/h (136.7 mph)) and Aryna Sabalenka (214 km/h (133.0 mph)) both hit serves faster than Sabine Lisicki but these serves are not recognized by the WTA Tour.

  1. Georgina García Pérez – 220 km/h (136.7 mph)
  2. Aryna Sabalenka – 214 km/h (133.0 mph)
  3. Sabine Lisicki – 210.8 km/h (131.0 mph)
  4. Brenda Schultz-McCarthy – 209.2 km/h (130.0 mph)
  5. Venus Williams – 207.6 km/h (129.0 mph)
  6. Alycia Parks – 207.6 km/h (129.0 mph)
  7. Ajla Tomljanovic – 207.6 km/h (129.0 mph)
  8. Serena Williams – 207 km/h (128.6 mph)
  9. Coco Gauff – 206 km/h (128.0 mph)
  10. Naomi Osaka – 201.2 km/h (125.0 mph)
  11. Ana Ivanovic – 201 km/h (124.9 mph)
  12. Denisa Allertová – 201 km/h (124.9 mph)
  13. Bernarda Pera – 201 km/h (124.9 mph)

Fastest Serves in Tennis FAQ

What is Nick Kyrgios’s fastest serve to date?

Nick Kyrgios’s fastest ever recorded serve was 230.1 km/h (143.0 mph) which was recorded in the second round of the 2019 Wimbledon Championships.

What is Robin Soderling’s fastest serve ever recorded?

Robin Soderling’s fastest ever recorded serve was 230.1 km/h (143.0 mph) which was recorded at the 2010 ATP World Tour Finals.

What is Alexander Zverev’s fastest serve to date?

Alexander Zverev’s fastest ever recorded serve was 231.0 km/h (144.0 mph) which was recorded at the 2020 ATP World Tour Finals.

At the 2022 Australian Open Alexander Zverev’s average serve speed was 186km/h (115mph) on his first serve and 142km/h (88mph) on his second serve.

What is Dominic Thiem’s fastest serve to date?

Dominic Thiem’s fastest ever recorded serve was 232.0 km/h (144.2 mph) which was recorded at the 2017 Gerry Weber Open.

What is Grigor Dimitrov’s fastest serve to date?

Grigor Dimitrov’s fastest ever recorded serve was 233.4 km/h (145.0 mph) which was recorded at the 2013 Aegon Championships.

What is Matteo Berrettini’s fastest serve to date?

Matteo Berrettini’s fastest ever recorded serve was 235.0 km/h (146.0 mph) which was recorded at the 2021 Mutua Madrid Open.

What is Novak Djokovic’s fastest serve to date?

Novak Djokovic’s fastest ever recorded serve was 219.0 km/h (136.0 mph) which was recorded at the 2009 Madrid Open.

What is Rafael Nadal’s fastest serve to date?

Rafael Nadal’s fastest serve to date was recorded at the 2022 Rome Open when he hit a 230 km/h (142.9 mph) serve.

What is Roger Federer’s fastest serve to date?

Roger Federer’s fastest serve to date was recorded at the 2010 Gerry Weber Open in Halle when he hit a 230.1 km/h (143 mph) serve.

What is Venus Williams’ fastest serve to date?

Venus Williams’ fastest serve to date was a 207.6 km/h (129.0 mph) serve that she hit at the 2007 US Open.

What is Serena Williams’ fastest serve to date?

Venus Williams’ fastest serve to date was a 207.0 km/h (128.6 mph) serve that she hit at the 2013 Australian Open.

What is Andy Murray’s fastest serve to date?

Andy Murray recorded his fastest serve in a US Open win over Grigor Dimitrov in 2016. Andy Murray’s fastest serve was recorded at a speed of 226.9 km/h (141 mph).

What is Naomi Osaka’s fastest serve?

Naomi Osaka recorded her fastest serve 201.2 km/h (125.0 mph) in the 2016 US Open.

What was Andy Roddick’s fastest serve?

Andy Roddick recorded his fastest ever recorded serve in the Davis Cup in 2014. His serve was recorded at 249.4km/h or 155mph.

What was Juan Martin Del Potro’s fastest serve?

Juan Martin Del Potro recorded his fastest ever recorded serve in the Stockholm Open in 2017. His serve was recorded at 240.0km/h or 149.1mph.